NYWIFT Celebrates SWAN Day 2014

Huge thanks to Terry Lawler & the NYWIFT Team for another fabulous SWAN Day celebration (the 7th for NYWIFT & the 2nd one for me since my move to Brooklyn in 2012).

This year’s film, The Supreme Price, is a riveting new documentary by Joanna Lipper.

The Supreme Price follows the life of Hafsat Abiola. Hafsat Abiola is the daughter of Moshood Abiola (who was elected president of Nigeria in 1993, but then imprisoned after a military coup) and Alhaja Kudirat Abiola (who was murdered during a demonstration for the release of her husband in 1996). Moshood Abiola later died under detention in 1998.

Hafsat Abiola was educated in the USA, so she has the option of living a private life. But instead of running away from her tragic family legacy, Hafsat has embraced it.

In The Supreme Price, Lipper and her camera crew follow Hafsat all around Nigeria as she organizes people—mostly women—to work for a better life for all citizens in her beleaguered homeland.

Click HERE to learn more about Hafsat Abiola.

Click HERE to learn more about Joanna Lipper.

The Supreme Price will be shown all around the world this year as part of the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Thanks again to NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & TV) and SAG-AFTRA, as well as co-sponsors herFLIX, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and Women Make Movies. Last but not least, sending a huge message of appreciation to our hosts Reeves Lehman & the SVA (School of the Visual Arts) Team!

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Jan Lisa Huttner is a Brooklyn-based arts critic & feminist activist. She is the creative force behind the SWAN Movement—Support Women Artists Now—which has just begun its third phase as International SWANs® (aka iSWANs). In the Jewish world, Jan is best known as the author of two books on Fiddler on the Roof—Tevye’s Daughters and Diamond Fiddler—both of which flow from a strongly feminist POV. She also served as both story consultant and “talking head” on the award-winning documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.
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